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  Neighbours | Programs and Policies

Due to an overwhelming response, registration for Neighbours: Policies and Programs is now at capacity and registration is closed. To sign-up on our waiting list, contact Rachel at Rachel@tamarackcommunity.ca

Join us for this national gathering June 10-12, 2013 in Kitchener, Ontario.

We invite you to celebrate the life's work of John McKnight and gather to explore how programs and policies can make neighbours effective agents of change in their communities.

Together, we want to deeply understand how to advance the importance of neighborhoods, explore what programs have advanced neighbourliness, and discuss what policies cause communities to take the role of neighbours seriously.

Joining John McKnight is Jim Diers and Al Etmanski - two of the most important thinkers and advocates for neighbours and belonging in North America. Jim and Al are also both faculty of John's ABCD. This unprecedented national gathering is exploring programs that advance neighbourhood resilience and capacity. This event will also discuss (and possibly co-create) cutting edge policy ideas within cities that promote belonging and neighbourliness. Most importantly it will celebrate the work of John McKnight as he receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo that week.

This gathering will provide you with inspiration, connections, knowledge and specific tools to offer the leadership required to connect, engage and mobilize citizens in your community and beyond to generate a shared vision and action plan; in turn, developing programs and policies for change.

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Registeration Do you want to learn more about the power and potential of neighbours? If so, register early to ensure your place!
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Thought-LeadersEngage, and be inspired by, these renowned thought-leaders on neighbours.
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2010 Learning AgendaJoin us for three days of renewal and learning. Our program continues to evolve but here's a peek at our program. Workshop descriptions now online!
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The Learning Community Become a member of Seeking Community and join us in exploring the potential of a deepened sense of community.
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community collaboration concept How much? What does the price include? Are subsidies available? What about travel? Learn the answers to these questions here.
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FAQsWho will be there? What will I learn? How can I prepare? Learn the answers to frequently asked questions, or submit your own!
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This gathering is for you, if you are:

  • A community builder seeking to learn about key strategies, policies and programs that can advance neighbourhoods and quality of life in your community
  • A policy maker in government, a city employee, or elected official involved in or very interested in improving neighbourhoods
  • A staff member or volunteer in a neighbourhood association?
  • A curious thinker, planer or advocate that intuitively knows that going local means restoring the place of neighbourhoods in planning and design

Access the Communities Collaborating Institute 2013 brochure here

: Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Social Innovation Generation


City of Hamilton

Region of Waterloo

City of Kitchener



Vibrant Communities Canada Tamarack Maytree Hamilton Community Foundation Access the event Brochure here


Click to Download MP3 Thought-Leaders Communities Collaborating Institute - Cost and Logistics FAQs about CCI 2012